ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a set of bills that could split the city of Stockbridge in two by creating the city of Eagles Landing.
Two proposals, signed by Deal Tuesday, allow the new city of Eagles Landing to incorporate and revise the boundaries of Stockbridge to carve the wealthy enclave from its borders.
Voters in the area that would become Eagles Landing still need to approve the idea before the new city is formed.
Residents pushing for the new city say they are driven to get better city services and increase property values.
But opponents say the move is racially motivated and could financially cripple Stockbridge.
Stockbridge, approximately 20 miles southeast of Atlanta, is predominantly black, while Eagles Landing would have a greater proportion of white residents.
Critics of the signing say it sets a precedent that could allow affluent communities across the state to create their own towns.
But that wasn't the only bill the governor signed Tuesday. Governor Deal also signed Marsy's Law, which gives Constitutional rights to crime victims.
Victims will be able to get information on case developments and have the right to attend and be heard throughout proceedings.
That legislation will go into effect if voters approve it in November.
Governor Deal also signed off on the Brunch Bill.
It allows residents of cities and counties to decide if alcohol should be sold at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Also, starting July 1, Georgians suffering from PTSD and intractable pain will be allowed to use medical marijuana.
The governor approved updates to the state's adoption laws making it easier to adopt children.
Deal signed into law a measure that would allow victims of domestic abuse who have received a court order to break a residential lease without penalty.
Deal signed off on a bill that gives the green light on speed cameras in school zones. The cameras will automatically ticket drivers going at least 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.
Deal on Monday signed into law a bill that allows lottery winners with prizes over $250,000 to remain anonymous upon request.
And as previously reported, Georgia goes "hands-free" on July 1.
Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed 21 legislative proposals in what is likely his final set of vetoes as Georgia governor and the most since he was elected in 2010.
Among the bills vetoed were proposals to cap fees a homeowners' association could charge homeowners for information and that aimed to make contracts between local governments and private consultants more transparent.
Deal also vetoed a bill designed to give law enforcement the ability to prosecute hackers who probe computer systems for vulnerabilities but don't disrupt or steal data. The bill was criticized by the cybersecurity industry.
The Associated Press contributed to this report